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Dos, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 command line replacment.

by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 12:24 AM PDT

I had a program long time ago that could be used as a DOS shell in DOS or windows. The Shell looked like DOS but in color and it also let copying to a clipboard even when just run in DOS. It also had a ribbon that could be brought up with most used commands. In DOS it kept it's normal color and in windows it turned to gray as not to be mistakened with the windows command prompt. I originally downloaded it as freeware or shareware software off the Internet. I have since lost the application on one of those horrible lasting floppies. I Know it wasn't 4DOS but other then that I am not sure what it's called. If any one has any ideas on what it's called please let me know. (The application was portable)

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 12:29 AM PDT
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That's what makes it hard to find.
by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 12:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

The website gives command shell attributes doesn't give a list of command shells and the shells it gives are commercial shells and the only DOS shells it gives are COMMAND.COM and 4DOS. I do know the one I am looking for is similar to 4DOS but I also know it wasn't 4DOS. As $DOS required being installed. The program was also one executable program that would create it's own .ini file fore storing information both when in DOS or when in Windows. It runs like a command line and is NOT a file manager like DOSShell or Midnight Commander. The best part of the program is that it would run in windows and DOS. It was also the first program I ever saw to have a DOS ribbon for commands to arrow threw (Other then 4DOS).

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 1:54 AM PDT
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It wasn't a file manager.
by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 2:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

It wasn't a file manager. It was like a dos and it was a sigal file that stored it's data in a .ini file. I beleave it started with a T, R, H, or N. It was a freeware program designed for windows 3.1 but would run in DOS. It was designed to replace windows 3.1 command prompt.

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A few I used.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 2:27 AM PDT

Had the file manager as an option.

N reminds me of the Norton Shell. Again, nothing pops up but as I'm going retro this week to setup a boot diskette for Dragon's Lair (for dos) I've been lighting up old neurons.

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Not Norton
by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 2:32 AM PDT
In reply to: A few I used.

I know it wasn't a Norton product. It wasn't by IBM or Microsoft ether. I have tried searching DOS Shells and windows 3.1 command prompts but nether one helped. I'll keep looking as well as see if any one else posts hear.

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See "Alternative DOS Interfaces" at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 2:41 AM PDT
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Not there eather :-(
by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 4:25 AM PDT
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I have tried...
by chris_sundown13 / July 9, 2009 6:09 AM PDT

I have tried searching "command line shells", " alternatives", "Windows 3.1 command prompts", "DOS Shells", and still no luck finding the windows 3.1 command prompt I like to use. It would do long file names in windows and in dos as well (As long as they could be read by windows 3.1). When loaded in windows it started with a comment about being run in windows mode and would have a gray background instead of the black and white like the program would be in DOS. It had a lot of the DOS commands built into the shell including mouse support and when run in windows could scroll. In dos it could scroll up and down the window using an arrow key when in a certain mode. The mode was determined by the settings section of the ribbon (Explained earlier).

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